As I’ve mentioned, I am working on the 100 Artworks Challenge. This is pushing and moving me in all sorts of ways. It is also allowing me to be open to ways to continue to support and encourage my family.
Many of you know, that I am married and have two wonderful children; which are fondly known in my family as “Number 1” and “the baby.” Well” the baby” is twenty years old and is a college sophomore. As a Mom, it’s been wonderful watching her grow and stretch her wings and a challenge to see her make her own decisions. I often marvel at her courage and her willingness to try new things! It’s what we want for our children, but are often, quivering as we watch it unfold!
My daughter, Kayla’s major is Mandarin, Chinese and this Fall, she will be off to study abroad in China for a year! Yes, that’s exciting and scary as hell for a parent! But as she and I maneuver this major change in all our lives. I’ve come up with an idea to use my art as a way to help her raise the funds she will need to sustain her while she immerses herself in Chinese.
Those of us who are parents of a college student, know how expensive a college education can be, and although my daughter will be away, we will be paying her college tuition, just the same, plus having to come up with monies for her while she’s abroad.
So, all the paintings that I am creating in the 100 Artworks Challenge will be for sale and all the monies will be used for my daughter’s school and living expenses in China.
I’ve never done anything like this before, but if my daughter is brave enough to leave the nest and fly to another part of the world to live and learn, her mother can actively campaign, create and sell art so that she can do so!
So each 8″x 8″ painting will be sold for $50.00 (shipping included), you will get to name the painting you buy, and I will supply a certificate of authenticity with the name of your choice on it and Kayla will write you a thank you note in Mandarin Chinese.
I am hoping to sell all the paintings by mid-August, because she is leaving no later than Aug.25th 2015.
This is how I make my living, creating and selling art, and I want my daughter to see how following your passion can get you where you want to be in your life. No, it’s not an easy life, but it is a life worth living, if that’s where your heart is.
In the next couple of weeks, more information will be available. I want to continue to thank all of the people who have supported me by reading my blog, checking me out on Facebook, Twitter; buying and collecting my work. Stay tuned as this empty nester strengthens her wings as she allows her little bird to fly!
From my wildly passionate creative soul to yours in peace.
(The paintings in this blog post are a part of the 100 Artworks for sale)